A little about me
I left Vancouver in 2012 to pursue my undergraduate degree in Political Science with minor concentrations in Political Economy and Persian Language and Literature at McGill University. I’d like to believe the summer before my last semester at McGill was where my expat experience began.
Embarking on a soulventure
In June 2016, I left Montréal to travel and do a bit of soul-searching. I hadn’t planned the specifics of my travels, I just knew I wanted to get away from the weekly routine of 80+ hours between two jobs, full-time studies and an overwhelmingly active social life. My first stop was Paris, my favourite city in the world. Paris has always had a special place in my heart and I knew it would be great to start my soulventure there. I thoroughly enjoyed every croissant, pain au chocolat, soup à l’oignon and didn’t restrict myself from all that Paris had to offer.
A few days later, I went on a 9-day pilgrimage in Haifa, Israel where I sought some spiritual healing and a fresh new perspective on how I wanted to live my life. I met some really lovely people and I started to recognise what I wanted from my future, who I wanted to be with and how I see myself getting there.
A last-minute detour
What I didn’t know was that a week and a half later, I’d find myself in London on a last-minute trip to visit family in the UK. I wasn’t expecting to go there or to stay for as long as I did, but that summer seemed to be one of the most random yet the most enjoyable periods of my life. I was bored, and the app, Tinder, was quite popular (I think it still is!) but I was exploring around to see if there were any interesting people and then I found him. He wasn’t my type (originally) but as fate had it…we had a lot in common. For one, he knew most of my family up North, and his family knew mine for over 30 years! How random and crazy is that?!
After endless days and sleepless nights texting and speaking over the phone, we finally decided to meet and instantly hit it off. Those next two weeks in Newcastle/Durham were the start of something neither of us knew would happen or were looking for. We became inseparable after that. I left from Glasgow but it was as if I left my heart in Newcastle.
The beginning of our story
Over the next few months, we got closer and eventually planned for him to come meet my family in Vancouver. I was completing my degree at McGill University and decided to join him in the UK once my exams were done in December. I think leaving Montréal and selling the majority of what I owned and loved was harder than leaving Vancouver. Vancouver is my original home, one that I can always return to. However, returning to my flat in Montreal will never be possible. It was a place of comfort, independence, beautiful views and where many of my memories in Montreal were made. Montreal became my home away from home. Until now.
I live in a small town in the North of Wiltshire County, which has provided quite the humbling experience. Adjusting to a slower lifestyle, weekly pub quizzes and the peaceful neighbourhood has changed my perspective and taught me that the older I get, the less I’m interested in things that won’t help me advance or learn. I now crave solitude. More meaningful conversations.
There will be regular posts about my expat experience: how it all began and my future as an expat in the UK post-Brexit.